The weather has warmed, the days are longer, and there is no better time to get outside than now. Below, Douglas County caregivers offer a few fun summer activities your senior loved one is sure to enjoy this season.
1. Morning or Evening Walks
Even light activities like early morning or evening walks can be an invigorating way for seniors to stretch their muscles. Don’t forget sunscreen and a bottle of water to maintain proper hydration.
2. Swimming or Water Aerobics
Swimming is especially beneficial for seniors since it can safely get the heart rate up without subjecting seniors to the summer heat. For seniors with mobility issues or joint pain, water aerobics is a related activity that can help stretch muscles while minimizing pressure from body weight.
There are many movements involved with the process of gardening that can work key muscle groups and help seniors maintain mobility, strength, and dexterity. It’s also a great opportunity for seniors to socialize with neighbors or get some time with their grandkids over the summer.
Some communities have senior golf clubs that include age-appropriate outings to nearby golf courses throughout the summer. Golf can also help seniors maintain flexibility, dexterity and mental clarity.
It shouldn’t be difficult to find a local group that could use a helping hand in the summer. Volunteer-related activities can range from sprucing up local parks to organizing neighborhood picnics and other gatherings. Committing to an ongoing project also gives seniors a sense of purpose and gives them a chance to socialize with like-minded individuals.
As seniors get older, it can be more challenging to get out and enjoy everything that summer has to offer. If your aging parent could use additional support with everything from running errands to getting exercise, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of home care in Douglas County, ensuring seniors have the resources necessary to maintain a healthy, happy life in the comfort of home. Call us today at 720-287-1685 and request a free in-home consultation.